Daniel ("Danny") Wilhelmus Maria Nelissen (born 10 November 1970 in Sittard, Netherlands) is a Dutch former professional road bicycle racer and former sports commentator at Eurosport. He won the 1995 amateur world championship and was named Dutch Sportsman of the year. He was the nephew of cycling commentator Jean Nelissen.
|Full name||Daniel Wilhelmus Maria Nelissen|
|Born||November 10, 1970|
|1998||home–Jack & Jones|
He started his professional career in 1990 with PDM, for which he won his first professional race, the Grand Prix de Wallonie, in 1992. In 1994, while riding for the Dutch TVM team, he developed heart rhythm impairments and returned to ride at amateur level.
The following year in Colombia he won the amateur world championship. He was the last amateur world champion, the UCI replacing the race with a youth competition in 1996. The triumph lead to Nelissen being voted as 1995 Dutch Sportsman of the year. According to Nelissen, his use of a power meter was key to his win: he claimed that he was one of the few riders "(who) had them and knew what they could do" at that time, alongside Greg LeMond and Jonathan Vaughters. All three riders shared the same coach, Adrie Van Diemen. He prepared for the race by tackling the hardest climb on the finishing circuit in a variety of ways to find the tactic which would enable him to complete the climb fastest, settling on riding it at a steady tempo. During the race he was able to use this tactic to catch up to the other riders in the winning break after being dropped by them at the start of the climb. He made his winning break just over a lap from the finish, attacking on a descent and soloing to the finish.
He was brought into the Rabobank team for two years under manager Jan Raas. In the 1996 Tour de France, he wore the polka dot jersey as leader of the mountains classification for a couple of days. Before 1998, he joined the Danish team, Team Home - Jack & Jones (later named Team CSC).
In January 1999, further heart problems brought his retirement at 28.
He is currently the production manager of Dutch Eurosport.
Danny Nelissen was the first Dutch road bicycle racer to admit the use of doping during the years 1996 and 1997. He repeated his confession on Dutch television (RTL7, interview by Wilfred Genee, 21 Jan. 2013).
- 1st Overall Giro di Basilicata
- 1st Prologue Olympia's Tour
- 5th Grand Prix d'Isbergues
- 1st Grand Prix de Wallonie
- 1st Omloop Mandel-Leie-Schelde
- 1st Stage 6 Vuelta a Aragon
- 2nd Overall Etoile de Bessèges
- 3rd Overall Euskal Bizikleta
- 1st Stage 4
- 8th Cholet-Pays de Loire
- 1st Profronde van Heerlen
- 1st Stage 4 Vuelta Asturias
- 3rd Veenendaal–Veenendaal
- 4th Overall Tour de Luxembourg
- 3rd Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
- 3rd GP Stad Zottegem
- 1st Amateur road race, UCI Road World Championships
- 1st Overall Olympia's Tour
- 1st Stages 8b & 9
- 1st Stage 3 Tour de Wallonie
- 2nd Road race, National Road Championships
- 1st Drielandenomloop
- 2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
- 3rd Overall Teleflex Tour
- 7th Overall Vuelta a Murcia
- 1st Schaal Sels
- 3rd Overall Hessen Rundfahrt
- 1st Stage 3
- 5th Grote Prijs Jef Scherens
Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit
|Tour de France||130||—||—||84||DNF|
|Vuelta a España||—||—||—||—||94|
- Fotheringham, Alasdair (28 February 2017). "Danny Nelissen: The flying Dutchman who conquered the Andes". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
- Danny Nelissen has decided to retire, CyclingNews, January 6, 1999
- Jules Seegers: Nelissen bekent als eerste Raborenner dopinggebruik in ’96. (Nelissen confesses use of doping in '96 as a member of the RaboBank team) Source: (Website) NRC Handelsblad, 19 Jan. 2013